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Fred Miu
02-02-2008, 07:37 AM
i went to guitar center last night, wanted a classical guitar strap, turns out they were out of stock and wont be getting shipments for a while. i didnt want to wait for a shipment that they dont even know when will ever be made.

this morning all of a sudden, making a classical ukulele(in this case) strap would be my best way. so i thought i would post this up so that others can make one if they desire.

what you need:
-one (or 2) lanyards that you dont use. reason why i said or 2, was because you might mess up haha.
-pliers
-hot glue gun
-and a place to do this, backyard is perfect

since i already made my strap before i thought of posting it, heres the picture:


since i dont have anymore lanyards to destroy, im going to use one to show you where to cut, bend, and glue.

i first took the lanyard that i never use, then take the small clippy part of it of by bending the big hook part out SLIGHTLY so you can get the little part out to cut it with pliers.

then you bend the end part of the metal part back so that all is left with the big hook part of the lanyard.

then i glue gunned the inside of the metal hook so that it is gentle and doesnt scratch my ukulele from the bottom. and TA-DA!!! homemade ukulele strap.

here are pictures:

http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/5778/ukulelestrap001rr2.th.jpg (http://img159.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ukulelestrap001rr2.jpg) these are what you need.
http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/7924/ukulelestrap003gg1.th.jpg (http://img295.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ukulelestrap003gg1.jpg)
this is what you are going to make your strap with.
http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/2893/ukulelestrap005th2.th.jpg (http://img148.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ukulelestrap005th2.jpg)
bend out this part of the lanyard first.
http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/3066/ukulelestrap004xg2.th.jpg (http://img295.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ukulelestrap004xg2.jpg)
then bend this metal thing and clip it off.

Fred Miu
02-02-2008, 07:38 AM
pictures continued:

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/5761/ukulelestrap006om0.th.jpg (http://img148.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ukulelestrap006om0.jpg)
the metal hook part will look like this, then start hot gluing!
http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/2448/ukulelestrap007zq9.th.jpg (http://img148.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ukulelestrap007zq9.jpg)
what it should look like after you finish hot gluing.
http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/685/ukulelestrap009vz1.th.jpg (http://img148.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ukulelestrap009vz1.jpg)
Shaka!!!

NukeDOC
02-02-2008, 08:52 AM
awesome DIY project, fred! quick, easy, and functional.

tripl3thr33
02-02-2008, 09:26 AM
awesome DIY project, fred! quick, easy, and functional.

and it uses something that's easily found too

Fred Miu
02-02-2008, 03:00 PM
it actually took about 15 mins.

the most time took was the gluing. but its no more that 15 mins. funa nd easy!:D

kyle
02-02-2008, 03:03 PM
nice diy and very resourceful! haha using the government book under the glue gun

Fred Miu
02-02-2008, 06:09 PM
nice diy and very resourceful! haha using the government book under the glue gun

haha its actually one of those people who are like in a cult that are really into the government and what not.

heres a video of what the ukulele strap, sorry i didnt post earlier, i worked all day: ghetto uke strap (http://youtube.com/watch?v=AQ94DEWhFAg)

UkuLeLesReggAe
02-02-2008, 11:02 PM
very very nice, i now have plans this weekend :)

Fred Miu
02-03-2008, 10:59 AM
very very nice, i now have plans this weekend :)

haha its definitely something that i plan on doing when the ukulele club at my school gets their ukuleles

UkuLeLesReggAe
02-03-2008, 06:30 PM
^ sign me up for your school!

la_ingrit
03-31-2008, 06:15 PM
Very cool!!!!!!!!! thanks FRED MIU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SnakeOiler
03-31-2008, 06:25 PM
........I Luv DIY.......

ukusaurus
03-31-2008, 07:08 PM
Wow thats really neat and looks incredibly easy. I'm gonna have to make myself of those badboys. Thanks for the great idea!

hotnanas
04-01-2008, 10:26 AM
maybe buy some "plasti-dip" at home depot...it might be way easier than playing with the glue gun.

http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/plastidip.jpg

dajoka
04-01-2008, 12:41 PM
tanks fo da idea! now, i jus gotta find one of those lanyards ....

uumember
04-01-2008, 01:30 PM
The problem with "Plasti-dip" is it's REAL expensive. So for one tiny dip you'll be paying thru the nose. Anybody got any cheaper alternatives?

hotnanas
04-01-2008, 04:20 PM
The problem with "Plasti-dip" is it's REAL expensive. So for one tiny dip you'll be paying thru the nose. Anybody got any cheaper alternatives?

i think I paid $6 at home depot...and i've coated all sorts of stuff with it...so if that's gonna break the budget, you might wanna invest in a glue gun...

menehunenyc
04-01-2008, 04:45 PM
Awesome, very clever, and I think worthy of MVOW material, and what the heck, even would have been a contender for the Play it forward Video contest. Nicely done Fred.

Fred Miu
04-01-2008, 06:05 PM
Awesome, very clever, and I think worthy of MVOW material, and what the heck, even would have been a contender for the Play it forward Video contest. Nicely done Fred.

its too late for the play it forward, and i dont have lanyards anymore haha


but i made this with HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, not store bought stuff.

menehunenyc
04-01-2008, 06:16 PM
Ya know, I think I just might have a lanyard from work lying around, and I know I have a glue gun somewhere. Now, if I just have enough glue...

Fred Miu
04-01-2008, 06:27 PM
Ya know, I think I just might have a lanyard from work lying around, and I know I have a glue gun somewhere. Now, if I just have enough glue...

you dont need that much glue enough for the inside so it doesnt scratch your ukulele

1uke
05-03-2008, 09:56 AM
Ya this is a great idea, I was just thinking that you can probably also wrap the hook in a soft tape to protect the uke too. Like maybe hockey tape or something even softer, thanks a lot for this idea man!!!:D

Ame
05-03-2008, 10:22 AM
yea, I made one a while ago. Sorta on the lines of how Fred made his. I actually used one of those cellphone neck straps because I cant find any lanyards atm haha and I just attached one of those silverball keychain things to the cellphone strap to make it longer. Then I used an extra lanyard ring at the end of course and cut 2 little squares from that grey foam ring you get when you buy cds. I slit a whole in each so the ends of the lanyard ring could slide into them. Then I a dab of super glue on those ends and slid the foam pieces off.

My first attempt I actually did break off the inside end of the lanyard, but that took me awhile since I used the smallest pliers in the world haha and I also ended up losing that one.. xP but yea that's pretty much what I did. ><;;

Nurdaben
05-03-2008, 07:02 PM
guess we need some ukuleleunderground lanyards now. ill buy one =)

1uke
05-05-2008, 07:45 AM
I have another tip... When you glued your hook if it turned out all clumpy and stringy you can gently reheat the glue with a lighter (I recommend a butane torch style lighter because it burns clean) until the glue melts again. It will become very smooth and you can tilt it around to spread the glue evenly. If after a long time of use the glue starts to crack, you can also reheat it to make it smooth again. Just be REALLY careful... The metal will likely get really hot and the hot glue will be very runny and hot, you can get some serious burns from this if you're not careful. But it looks really good if you do it right, I can upload a picture of my lanyard hook if you want to see what I mean. :)

Take it easy everyone!!!

Keonikapila
05-05-2008, 07:51 AM
I'd probably use a couple of wraps of electrical tape for padding and then cover the whole thing with heat-shrink tubing...should be rounded enough and you won't have to worry about sticky residue when the tape gets old

of course, first I'd have to make sure that the heat-shrinks not going to react in some weird way with the ukes finish!:eek:

Fred Miu
05-05-2008, 08:12 AM
I'd probably use a couple of wraps of electrical tape for padding and then cover the whole thing with heat-shrink tubing...should be rounded enough and you won't have to worry about sticky residue when the tape gets old

of course, first I'd have to make sure that the heat-shrinks not going to react in some weird way with the ukes finish!:eek:

you just reminded me, if you go to like home depot, and get like those vinyl tubing that just fits over a lanyard metal part, just put that over it and glue the end so it doesnt move or fall off the hook.

KoloheBoy
05-05-2008, 11:40 AM
OR instead of that. USE YOUR GUITAR HERO STRAP!!!

Bourbon Boy
05-05-2008, 04:14 PM
awesome DIY project, fred! quick, easy, and functional.
Hey Nuke... I followed your You Tube video on installing a Button on my uke...Perfect video instruction, after I finished it looked like it was there all along...thank you for that video.!!!

Fred Miu
05-05-2008, 06:08 PM
OR instead of that. USE YOUR GUITAR HERO STRAP!!!

this is for those that dont have strap buttons dude.

Ukuleleblues
03-16-2009, 01:33 AM
The problem with "Plasti-dip" is it's REAL expensive. So for one tiny dip you'll be paying thru the nose. Anybody got any cheaper alternatives?

What about some shrink wrap for wires, Harbor Freight sells it cheap. You could shrink wrap two sizes on it tp really pad it up. Doesn't even have to be a round hook for the shrink wrap to work .

Nuuke
02-28-2010, 06:51 PM
Awesome idea. For mine I took pliers and clamped the piece down completely flat and then wraped electritions tape around the whole thing.

Skipper
04-28-2011, 07:44 AM
I understand this is an old thread but I just wanted it to be on recorded that I've thanked you for this useful information.